1,000 Genomes Project

The 1000 Genomes Project is the first project to sequence the genomes of a large number of people, to provide a comprehensive resource on human genetic variation. Funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, with researchers from the U.S., Britain, China, Germany and Canada, the 1000 Genomes Project is trying to catalog variants in the human genome occurring at least in 1 out of 50 people, in an effort to identify common and rare genomic variations. As with other major human genome reference projects, data from the 1000 Genomes Project will be made available quickly to the worldwide scientific community through freely accessible public databases.